Tuesday 21 August 2012

Up, Up, and Away!

The Happy Daze challenge for August is Circling the World. I do hope you will join in as there is a great prize! This is my contribution:-

I am entering this for the Artistic Outpost Referral Programme for August, the theme of which is Anything Goes. You can buy their stamps from here in the US, or from Happy Daze in the UK.

You can find more details of how I made the card here, on the Happy Daze Blog.

Returning to my Nest

After a fraught seven months, we have spent our first night in our own home. It feels very strange at the moment and there is a huge amount to do, as you can imagine. Nothing of my original home remains and I can't find anything and have nowhere to put anything, so it is very disorientating. We don't have any furniture and are sleeping on the floor. It will be a long time before we have finished sorting everything out with the insurance company, and have replaced our contents. I found the move back exhausting and much worse than I expected, especially in this incredible heat we have here in the UK at the moment. We didn't have a removal company and did it all just the two of us, despite many very kind offers of help (from very busy people who already have enough on their own workloads!). I wanted to leave the rental home absolutely spotless as you can easily be asked to pay high cleaning charges but the rental agent inspected everything and was very pleased.

All this sounds a bit negative but actually our house is looking absolutely beautiful. Our lovely builders did a great job, completely to our specification, and we are pleased with the choices we made for fixtures and fittings and decorating. Thank you so much for the wonderful support and kindness I have received from all of you; it has helped enormously.


  1. So cool and sooo many circles ....

  2. Love your use of circles and your take on the theme.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  3. What a great and clever take on "Circling the World." Fun project! Hugs!

  4. This is fabulous - love all the circles and such great detail - and truly British!

  5. Wonderful take on the circles theme, Lucy!

  6. Beautiful shaped card! Thanks for playing along with us at Artistic Outpost!

  7. Very fine card, lucy! I am glad to hear you are home again, and that the house is looking good. it will take some time and sorting out, obviously, but it really will FEEL like home again before you know it!


  8. This is great - love the shape!!

  9. So glad you are finally home, it may feel exhausting but this is the last part....furnishings and unpacking, then you can finally go into your craft room and mess it up again!
    Kyla x

  10. Hi Lucy, so pleased you for you and your Hubby that you are finally back in your home. It has certainly been a long and stressful time for your both. Hopefully you can now enjoy re-furnishing your home together. Stunning card, love those vintage colours and your beautiful stamping, a fabulous card. Take care xxx

  11. Hi Lucy. Fabulous project TFS. Great to hear you are back home. I can't imagine what you both have been through. On the positive side you have a new blank canvas to work on and let your creative ideas flow for your home.
    Take care both,
    Hugs, Florence xx

  12. Welcome home Lucy. I'm sure things will come together soon. What a difficult journey you've been through .
    hugs Lynn

  13. Wonderful circles of maps and flags, and that lovely balloon basket... bringing you all the way back home! Congrats on your relocation!
    Alison x

  14. Beautiful card! Thanks for the kind comment you left on my blog. I tried to mail you, but the mail came back! Valerie

  15. The circles are such a clever concept Lucy.
    In no time it will feel as though it really is your home again. You and Colin have done incredibly well to under-take the return home on your own, no small achievement.

  16. Wonderful artwork as usual Lucy!
    So glad to hear you are back home again, I do hope you get settled back in soon!
    Alison xx